AN ERA OF PEOPLE BEFORE PROFIT
The death took place last month in Avondale Nursing Home, Callan of Tom Kennedy, late of Poulacapple. Tom was in his 100th year and a mere ten months short of the magic century. He was in quite good health until shortly before his death. Tom was born in Poulacapple in 1911 and lived there all his life until about four years ago when he retired to the Avondale Nursing Home. For seventy of those years or so, Tom was in charge of the family farm in Poulacapple and he kept a lively interest in all things agricultural having to be kept up to date by his family who visited him on a most regular basis. Tom remained mentally alert for the whole of his life and was a most interesting person to converse with. He was also a man who had his own views but did not seek to impose those views on others nor indeed did he change his own firmly held convictions at every whim. He belonged to a different and some would say better era. His was an era when people came before profit. Tom didn’t interfere but he was always there to help out if needed. He was also noted as an early riser and neat worker about the farm. In other days, Tom was up and about on Sunday summer mornings, got the jobs done, brought the milk to the creamery and having got home was back in Mullinahone in plenty of time to attend first mass which was then at 8am/8.30am. He was a quietly religious man but again didn’t impose his views. Tom was a great man to plough a furrow back in the days of horses, but he never bothered to compete in competition. A job well done was better to him than any winning. In the tradition of the family, Tom was waked at home in the new house to which he and his late wife Johanna had retired after a lifetime of labour.
Removal took place to St. Michael’s Church, Mullinahone where his son, Fr. Jimmy Kennedy celebrated Tom’s funeral mass the following day. Fr. Jimmy was joined in con-celebrating the mass by Archbishop Dermot Clifford, Fr. John McGrath P.P., Mullinahone and a very large number of Fr. Jimmy’s fellow priests and friends. The readers at the mass were Tom’s grandchildren, Tom and Josephine Kennedy, while the Bacon family assisted by choir members from Coolagh and Callan sang the responsorial psalm and other suitable psalms during the mass. The prayers of the faithful were recited by grandchildren Tom, Josephine, Marie, Sean, Padraig and Niamh. After mass, Tom was interred in the churchyard adjoining St. Michael’s with his wife Johanna who was interred there in 2003. Tom is survived by his daughter Sadie Bacon and his sons Fr. Jimmy, Tom, Willy and Pat as well as his grandchildren, his son in law, Pat Bacon and his daughters in law Anna, Carmel and Joan. Tom is survived by his brother Jim Kennedy (Callan) who is now the sole surviving memory of that generation of the Kennedy family. The very large numbers who attended the reposal, the removal to St. Michael’s, the funeral mass and the burial bore testimony to the esteem in which Tom Kennedy and his family are held. May the soul of this fine quiet hard working man rest in peace. To his family, we extend our sympathy.
Our local Youth Club had a fantastic day recently when they took part in the Tipperary Regional Youth Service annual soccer tournament. Two teams represented us and one of them actually reached the final. Well done to all who participated and to those who travelled in support. Next year, hopefully, we might bring home the cup. The recent handbags and glad rags sale was a great success. As there are still lots of items left over, there will be a jumble sale in the near future in aid of the Lourdes Pilgrimage Fund. Items available for sale are a portable T.V. in working order, dinnerware still in box, a George Foreman as good as new, carving knives also boxed, lots of good quality clothes and shoes. More details to follow re date and time of jumble sale. Watch notes and parish newsletter for bargains galore.
Due to demand, Fab Fitness will now run an extra class in Mullinahone Community Centre on Wednesday mornings in addition to the Monday morning 9.30am workout. Classes also in Ballingarry Community Hall on Thursday evenings 8 - 9pm. Classes to suit all levels of fitness as each person works within their own range. Do come along, have some fun and get fit in your local community hall. This is an invitation from Bridget (Biddy) O’Dwyer, NCEF Fitness instructor. Phone 087 6410352.
February “Fill Dyke” started off as if it meant to live up to its name and then some more as the rain poured down. However, during the second half of the month, rainfall certainly decreased in volume even if the place didn’t dry up completely. No doubt, all the hot air around in the run up to the election helped to dry up the air and confuse the voters. I’m told we have a 70% turnout in one of the local booths. Back to rainfall. During the month, 101.3mm of rain fell on 23 of the 28 days. About a quarter of the rainfall fell during the second half of the month, while the first half accounted for 75% of the rainfall. It was the wettest February since 2002, when 123.3mm of rain fell on 22 days. Still, it was a long way short of the 175.3mm of rainfall in February 1990, which holds the wet wet wet record in these parts. At the other end of the scale, only 2.7mm of rain fell in February 1986. Of course that was the year Hurricane Charlie arrived in August. You know it is very difficult to predict how the rainfall in each month will turn out. At least March is starting with a dry spell. Then they say that March is the month of many weathers.
The numbers drawn in the draw on February 28th were: (1,5,14,22). We had no jackpot winner, but three punters shared the Match 3 prize of €150. Congratulations to Maggie and Peter, Mary Grant and Gaddaffi. We hope that the win in our Lotto will help to tide G. over is present troubles in Libya. The next Local Lotto draw will take palce on Monday next March 14th, when the jackpot could be worth €2,150. However, if you want to win, you must first be in.
COMMUNITY COUNCIL DRAW
€150 Lily Neary, Modeshill, €70 Alice Morrissey, Ballyvadlea, €50 John Croke, Post Office, €25 Austin Tobin, C/o Liam Tobin, €20 Geraldine Dunne, Kilvemnon.
SOUTH TIPP UNDER 21 B FINAL
Our under 21 footballers will play the South Tipperary “Hall Alarms” Under 21 B Final on Sunday next at 1pm. So far our lads guided by manager Declan McNamara and selectors Noel O’Shea, Michael Lonergan and John Leahy have beaten, St. Patrick’s (Drangan/Cloneen), Clonmel Og and Fethard. In the final, we play Ballyporeen who overcame a very fancied Killenaule last Saturday. Last year, our intermediates went down narrowly to Ballyporeen in the final so we have a score to settle. It wont be easy but if our lads play quick direct football and concentrate on winning each ball, we have the ability to pull off a great win. Our supporters too have a part to play and we appeal to them to turn out in numbers. The Sunday dinner can be postponed for an hour or so. It will taste all the better if we win.
Our Parish Newsletter last weekend announced the starting of Lent and congratulated our Archbishop on his silver jubilee. Last mass on Sunday was part of our local children’s preparation for First Communion. Condolences to John Tobin on the recent death of his brother Tommy (Ballyvadlea), to the Maher Family, Modeshill on the death of her sister Kathleen Radford, Wolverhampton, England in an accident.
Anniversary Masses next weekend
Saturday March 12th 8pm Anniversary Mansell Brett, Poulacapple West
Sunday March 13th 9.30am Anniversary Hugh and Mary Madden, Fethard Street
11.30am Anniversary Jack and Kitty Bradshaw.
A thank you to the people of Mullinahone for their support in the weekly envelope collection. A box of envelopes for the coming year is available in the sacristy or on the way into Mass. Included is a very detailed account of all parish spending in the last year.